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Marcillac Lanville - a rural, tranquil village

Marcillac Lanville is a pleasant rural village set amid the picturesque corn and sunflower fields of the Charente department of Poitou-Charentes. Close to the River Charente too, the village is an idyllic base for fishermen and lovers of country walks. The old priory is Marcillac Lanville's main claim to fame, but the village was also a popular resting place on the Santiago/Compostela pilgrim trail.

Life in Marcillac Lanville today

Marcillac Lanville today is still pretty tranquil. The village has some basic shops and services, but more are easily accessed within a very short drive. Aigre is a delightful market town just along the road, and its weekly market and shops supply everything you need. The village is also just 24 kilometres from the capital city of Angoulême. Marcillac Lanville does have a primary school for the younger children, while older ones can take a school bus to a nearby college.

Sports and activities available

The village lies along the banks of the River Charente, and is a perfect spot for fishermen to pursue their hobby. Fishing permits are usually available from the Mairie or a local tabac. Walkers, horse-riders and cyclists can also make the most of the peaceful countryside and quiet country lanes and tracks. Golf is ever more popular in France these days and there are several courses within easy reach of Marcillac Lanville.

History and heritage of Marcillac Lanville

The village has a long history, and its priory is the evidence of this. Still visible today, the ruins of the old priory give a clear indication of how magnificent it once was. The fortified church is attached and still in use today.

Explore nearby market towns

The Charente department offers a host of things to do and places to see. After exploring Aigre and Angoulême, don't miss out on the famous brandy town of Cognac. Visit the Cognac Museum, and try the brandy while you're there, and also the other local drink of Pineau. If you like French markets, as well as Aigre there are many more to discover. Ruffec is good, and the town has a lively ambience and good facilities.

Discover the neighbouring departments

If you have children, pop across the border into the Vienne department to the north, where the regional capital city of Poitiers has a great theme park called Futuroscope. Talking of crossing borders, the Limousin is another region worth exploring, and it's right on the doorstep to the east of Charente.

How to get there

Fly to Limoges or Poitiers for an easy direct trip from the UK. Both are currently served by Ryanair, while Flybe also serves Limoges. The TGV also takes you to these cities if you prefer rail travel. Ferry fans should head for St Malo on Brittany Ferries. Drivers can find the village on the D737, not far from the N10 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Marcillac Lanville

If you're looking for a bargain property, don't pass by Marcillac Lanville. We've got some super cheap properties currently (May 2012) for sale around the village, with prices starting at just under 50,000 Euros for a terraced village house.

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Marcillac Lanville AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Marcillac Lanville?

Marcillac Lanville is situated in the west of France. It lies in the north-west of the Charente department.

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Population: 588

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges or Poitiers, direct from the UK. By boat: The nearest ferry port is St Malo. By rail: Limoges and Poitiers both have TGV stations. By road: The village lies on the D737.

Economy: Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy.

Interesting fact: Marcillac Lanville was once an important stopping point on the Santiago/ Compostela pilgrim route.


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